Over-grooming Quail Chick Loses Feathers (?)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Caille, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Caille

    Caille Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have a 3 weeks old Italian quail chick which I house in a 12 liters indoors tank with plenty of toys.

    In the last couple of days I notice the chick keeps grooming itself and picking at its feathers, to the point where it plucks some of its plumage (I keep finding small plumage feathers in its tank everyday).

    Overall, the chick is in good health, eating and drinking and does not show any signs of distress and the rest of its feathers are intact (it's quite feathery! [​IMG]). I also checked for any signs of lice and mites under its feathers but couldn't find any.

    I feed the chick chick-fowl mixture and give it fresh water everyday.

    I would like to know if this grooming\\plucking plumage phenomenon is a well known one? Is it dangerous to the chick and what can be done to prevent it? Will it harm the chick in the long run? it only seems to target small plumage feathers and does not have any signs of getting "bald" anywhere... Might it just be moulting?

    I will appreciate your help with this question!


    Caille
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Its Not A Problem.... Its Called Molting And Completely Normal. The Chick Is Starting To Get Adolescent Feathers.
     
  3. Caille

    Caille Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for letting me know; it seems like it's shedding more feathers now, and keeps preening itself. I appreciate your help! [​IMG]
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah Its About That Time.... You Should See It When 40 Or 50 Do It All At Once--- Looks Like A Pillow Factory Blew Up [​IMG]
     
  5. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    LOL! I like the pillow factory analogy!

    If you start to see balding/plucking, however, it may be signs of overcrowding/overheating... I wanted to mention this just in case you notice.

    I am one of THOSE crazy people (like JJ [​IMG] with the 40-50 pillow factory blow out [​IMG] So it's different than just seeing one. Enjoy your little one.
     
  6. Caille

    Caille Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL! The pillow factory analogy is quite entertaining... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2010
  7. GBov

    GBov Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought one of mine had gotten out and eaten when I saw a pile of feathers beside the grow out pen but nope, just molting.

    Pillow factories just about covers it [​IMG]
     

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